Athlete

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lyrics

I’m last in a phase of useless feats
What follows will determine the light,
The summit, the trenches, the lulls and the peaks,
The rainbow that bankrolls the night

I am an athlete of boredom

And the muzzle that I wear is stained with breath
And the knots in its sails are sighs
And I die from having to suffer less
And I suffer from what that feels like

I am an athlete of boredom

And unlike the athletes of death
Whose bodes are summoned to strike
Who shift their weight back to the flesh
And then ram its head down on a spike

I am an athlete of boredom

I imagine less and I imagine least of all
And then something else besides
A tremor, a pause, a ripple, a feast,
An almond that clings to the knife

I am an athlete of boredom

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from Chopping Board, released April 3, 2014

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Jack Elias Sydney, Australia

Jack Elias is the death star of folksong poetry. From the more discordant ramblings of Quaoub (what Elias formerly toured Europe under), comes Chopping Board, the first vinyl release from this Lebanese-Australian songwriter via Spence, Cohen, Prince Billy and Baier cut live from an Erskineville lounge room. ... more

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